Top 100 Golf Resorts in Europe 79-60

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Part two of our compelling list that will assist you in your golf travel choices for 2017.

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79 Grado

Friuli, Italy
A course set on the edge of a lagoon in an Everglades-type setting, which is part of a large holiday resort with a myriad activities.

GW verdict: Italy's best lower-profile resort. A scenic course in super nick, and accommodation that ranges from log cabins to marina suites. There are sports facilities galore – basketbal, football, tennis, swimming pool, cycling... the list goes on. The on-site restaurant offers very good, very well-priced food and the golf clubhouse sumptuous fayre. Grado is a classy version of a British holiday camp, with a really nice golf course and tremendous weather the added attractions. Utopia for sporty families.

78 Black Sea Rama

A Gary Player-designed cliff-top course, and one or two-storey villas arranged in villages (with five-star hotel service/amenities).

GW verdict: Some think this is the best course in the Cape Kaliakra area, and the superbly-serviced villas offer a different experience.

77 Las Americas

Tenerife, Spain
Hotel and course have different owners but are on the same site, joined up as a resort. Guests at Las Madrigueras hotel even get free buggies. A John Jacobs course, from 1998.

GW verdict: Ravines, lakes and streams define the course and comfort the colonial-style hotel.

76 Le Chateau De Taulane

Fayence, France
Gary Player's first French track and a 20-room 'chateau'-style hotel with an indoor pool, sauna, steam bath, and Jacuzzi.

GW verdict: Beautiful course – at times through mature woodland – and a grand, four-star hotel. One for the discerning traveller in every sense.

75 Son Antem

Majorca, Spain
Two resort courses within a large holiday resort of a Marriott hotel – and its myriad amenities – pools, tennis and villas.

GW verdict: Perfect for family breaks – one of the top 20 in this 100 – given the facilities, while the golf is fine without being startlingly good.

74 Saint Endreol

Frejus, France
A course by Michel Gayon dominated by the Rock of Roquebrune, a mountain of red sandstone. It also enjoys panoramas along the river Endre. Off the course there is a really good spa within a 50-room hotel.

GW verdict: One of the many attractive French resorts, Saint Endreol does a lot well; solid golf, well-appointed, distinctive rooms overlooking the pool plus premium rental two-to-five bed individual villas with pool. The restaurant, located in a country house serves renowned food.

73 Palheiro

Madeira, Portugal
A course with views over Funchal and the Atlantic from fairways among the hills. A terrific small hotel, attention to detail and fabulous food.

GW verdict: Madeira's sole entry is difficult to fault but for its relative accessibility. Not the amenities of others, but for a peaceful, high-calibre break, it is superb.

72 Barbaroux

Brignoles, France
A Pete Dye and PB Dye course of typical Dye flair in mature Provence woodland; one hole includes three large lakes and one green is nearly 80 yards long. Plus an appealing 52-room Mercure hotel.

GW verdict: A tranquil setting among aromatic trees, rosemary and lavender, this is a resort for an escape.

71 Barcelona Golf & Spa

Barcelona, Spain
A modern hotel with 150 rooms, a renowned restaurant, Spa, gym and pool. The Masia by Jose Maria Olazabal has hosted the Ladies Tour, plus the Esteve executive course.

GW verdict: Set among vineyards, offers a quiet break of even quality on and off the course.

70 Bad Ragaz

Zurich, Switzerland
Where Sergio lured those big names after The Open for a charity day, plus one of Europe's leading wellness hotels.


GW verdict: A Next 100 course, a parkland by Don Harradine, but the biggest attraction is the feted spa & wellness... and general opulence.

69 Barseback

Malmo, Sweden
Built for the 2003 Solheim Cup, 36 distinctive rooms in hotel sits between the pines and sea. There are 45 holes on site too.

GW verdict: Masters course has hosted 13 Tour events, an intriguing mix of Woburn with a seaside section. Relatively limited amenities.

68 Boavista

Lagos, Portugal
A solid course by Howard Swan with some excellent views over the Algarve and its coastline from its high points. Plus lots of well-appointed and spacious villas to rent, with pools close to them all. An excellent short-game area too.

GW verdict: Some of the best villa accommodation in Continental Europe helps low-profile Boavista to this top-70 slot. It might well be the best-value resort in the Algarve and is well located for Palmares and Penina too. If you don't need a course within the resort that is right out of the top echelon, Boavista should be on your radar.

67 Vale do Lobo

Vilamoura, Portugal
Apartments to choose from in the 'small town'. Two respected 18-hole courses.

GW verdict: If all the facilities were owned by the golf club it would be top 20. Instead, you hire a villa, enjoy the Ocean and Royal courses' sea views and eat in one of the many restaurants.

66 Chateau Golf Augerville

Orelans, France
Created in 1995 by Olivier Dongradi in woodland crossed by l'Essonne river. There are 40 charming rooms in the chateau.

GW verdict: Beautiful surroundings, a strong layout that is tight in places. Already very good – could rise higher under Troon management.

65 Budersand

Sylt, Germany
A Top 30-ranked genuine links on a former army training ground on the remote island of Sylt, plus a minimalist modern hotel.

GW verdict: Don't make the tricky journey here for amenities and a family holiday, go here for high-calibre golf and a soulful experience.

64 Lighthouse

Cape Kaliakra, Bulgaria
A member of European Tour Properties, the five-star 180-room hotel looks over the Black Sea and has lots of leisure facilities and the 'third' course of the Cape Kaliakra area.

GW verdict: The clifftop course is just one part of an impressive all-round family-friendly resort.

63 Kusadasi Resort

Aydin, Turkey
Aegean views from a two-tier course among lakes, olive and carob trees. Good Academy plus a 400-room Ramada hotel with highlights including six pools and an aqua park.

GW verdict: The course is a five-minute shuttle, so it loses access marks. A good family venue.

62 Castelconturbia

Milan, Italy
A Robert Trent Jones-designed Top 100 course of 27 holes that is backed up by a neat, small hotel attached to the clubhouse.

GW verdict: Some of the best green complexes in Italy, well-manicured loops of nine and a stylish hotel. One for golf and foodie couples.

61 Anfi Tauro

Gran Canaria, Spain
A Von Hagge course routed over desert terrain, exacting holes mixing with brilliant ones. Breathtaking in every respect. Accommodation overlooks the 1st and 18th.

GW verdict: Scandinavians love it and it is first-rate, mixing serious golf and cosy apartments.

60 Château des Vigiers

Bordeaux, France
Three loops of nine return to a handsome Château that offers some of the list's most characterful accommodation. Annexe is ideal for families/groups, plus a spa and pool.

GW verdict: The chance to mix wine, food and golf in a relaxing setting will appeal to many.

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